10 Best Places to Visit in Spiti Valley in December 2024

Tourist Places to Visit in Spiti Valley in December

Nestled in the beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh, Spiti Valley turns into a winter paradise in the month of December. Some of the most well-known places to visit in Spiti Valley in December are Key Monastery, Kaza, Dhankar Lake, Kibber Village, Chicham Bridge, Tabo Monastery and Chandratal Lake. You can also make your trip to Spiti more adventurous by trying out thrilling activities like skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, mountain biking and off-roading.

If you want to challenge yourself in these extreme weather conditions then you can enjoy a trek to popular destinations such as Komic Village, Langza, Chandra Taal and Hikkim. However, if you are looking for a soothing experience, you can enjoy camping and spending the night stargazing with your loved ones.

Another popular and thrilling activity that you can try in Spiti Valley in December is the Snow Leopard Expedition. Grab the golden opportunity of witnessing this rare and endangered species which are found only in the Himalayan regions of Spiti and Leh Ladakh in India. Book Thrillophilia’s  Spiti Valley tour packages  for an unforgettable journey to India’s very own ‘Little Tibet’.

Here is the list of places to visit in December in Spiti Valley :


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While Himachal Pradesh is home to a dozen different monasteries, this spectacular place is not just the biggest, but also the oldest one around. A must visit tourist place in Spiti Valleythe Key Gompa is encircled by picturesque mountains and soothing valleys. A wonderful example of monastic architecture and decorated with beautiful paintings, murals, manuscripts, and wind instruments.

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Perched at a staggering altitude of 4200 meters above sea level, you have to witness the unparalleled beauty of Chandratal to believe it. A sanctuary from the lightning fast city life, this lake is slowly becoming one of the most attractive tourist places in Spiti valley. With the spellbinding backdrop of majestic mountains and meadows covered with gorgeous wildflowers, the lake is the perfect place to click Instagram worthy pictures.

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India's highest cold valley National Park, this place was constructed to preserve the unique natural flora and fauna of Himachal Pradesh and is named after the gorgeous Pin River and acts as an interface between the Lahul and Spiti Valley. Against a backdrop of barbarous, rugged snow-covered mountain peaks of the Spiti Valley, the national park is home to Himachal's ferocious predators, the snow leopards, and their prey, the ibex.


The terrain is rough and precarious, so train hard and get into those fitness programs before you undertake this captivating journey. The sanctuary also witnesses a strong spiritual influence due to the presence of Buddhist monasteries around the area.


Location: Near Kaza.


Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM throughout the week.

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Third highest lake in India and 21st highest in the world, the Suraj Tal is a divine water body surrounded by barbaric bare mountains and soothing valleys. It is a common belief that anyone who takes a dip in the pristine emerald waters of the lake is cleaned off their sins.


Whether you want to visit the Suraj Tal for spiritual reasons or to simply revel in the unsurpassed natural charm – you won’t regret it. An absolute haven for avid trekkers, the lake offers an asylum to refresh and recharge during the hectic Manali-Leh trek. Adrenaline junkie motorcyclists and mountain bikers will find this place a wonderful stopover on their journey.


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Tabo Monastery is one of the most wondrous places to visit in Spiti Valley. Founded a millennium ago, the temple is a unique amalgamation of history, culture and natural splendor. In the cold barren deserts of Tabo valley, the monastery appears as a sanctum from the brutality of barbarous rocky mountains around.

It houses centuries worth of Buddhist culture, tradition and heritage – a treat for history and cultural buffs. For those of you interested in art and handicraft – witness the amazingly preserved paintings, murals and sculptures. Or just kick back and take in the healing environment as calmness ascends over your being.

Discover the peaceful Tabo Monastery in the Himalayas with Spiti Valley Packages, where you can explore ancient Buddhist traditions and enjoy stunning mountain views in a serene setting.

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Tucked atop a small hill at an impressive altitude of 4100 meters above sea level, the Dhankar, with its dazzling blue waters, is one of the most popular places to visit in Spiti Valley. The lake sits at the end of the famous Dhankar Lake trek known for its treacherous paths, rocky snow-capped mountains, and incomparable vistas. Adventure enthusiasts and photography lovers are enchanted alike by the magical realism of the trek.

The Dhankar Fort Monastery sandwiched between Spiti and Pin rivers offers a special spiritual touch as it plays hide and seek on the trail. And once you reach the lake, the rare and diversified views will make your jaw drop!

Location: 
Near Rohtang Pass connecting Kullu and Lahul. 

Timings:
No timing restrictions.

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The Nako Lake is located in Nako village of Kinnaur district, Himachal Pradesh. Situated at an altitude of 3662 meters, it is famous for its dense willow forests and beautiful mountain views. This lake in the Nako village is a pilgrimage destination for Buddhist followers. Legends say that Lord Padmasambhava (one of the founding fathers of Tibetan Buddhism) meditated here, making it sacred. So, no one is allowed to bathe, swim, or put their feet in the waters of the Nako Lake.


Location: Nako Village, Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh


Timings: It can be visited at any time.


Entry Fee: No entry charges

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Kunzum Pass is your high road to adventure, connecting Lahaul and Spiti valleys at an altitude of 4,551 metres. With 15 thrilling hairpin bends, it offers an adrenaline rush amidst the snow peaks and valleys. The temple of goddess Kunzum Devi stands guard here, blessing the travellers. It is a haven for bikers, trekkers, and photographers seeking extraordinary sights and thrilling experiences.

Discover the stunning Kunzum Pass where you can enjoy breathtaking views and thrilling adventures amidst the beautiful Himalayas with Spiti Valley Packages.

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Dhankar Monastery is located in Lahaul and Spiti Valley at 3,894 meters. It is recognized as one of the hundred most endangered monuments in the world. This monastery is also known as Dhangkar Gompa, and it was built around 1000 years ago by Lama Lha-od. It is one of the primary Buddhist centres and tourist attractions in Spiti. The Monastery also houses centuries-old Buddhist paintings. Visitors can experience the amazing beauty of Spiti Valley from the Dhankar Monastery.

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Perched above the serene Tabo Monastery, the Tabo Caves are a popular attraction that dates back more than 1000 years. These age-old meditation retreats used to serve as the abode for monks in the monastery. As you explore these caves, you are treated to stunning vistas of the valley below. Perfect for history buffs and peace seekers alike, these caves offer a journey into the heart of Buddhism.

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People Also Ask About Spiti Valley

  1. What are the best places to visit in Spiti in December with kids?

    Some of the best places to visit in Spiti Valley in December with kids are:

    Key Monastery: Situated at an altitude of 4,166 metres, Key Monastery is a 1000-year-old monastery. It is the oldest training centre for lamas (Buddhist teachers) and currently houses over 350 lamas. Inside the monastery, you will get to see stunning murals, paintings and ancient books and scrolls of Buddhism.

    Kaza: Located at an altitude of 3000 metres, Kaza is one of the most picture-perfect towns in Spiti. It offers a surreal landscape with giant mountains, pristine lakes, ancient monasteries and scenic trekking trails. Additionally, you can also see the king’s palace in the Old Kaza.

    Kibber Village: One of the best places to visit in Spiti in December is the Kibber Village. Here, you will get to admire the rural landscape of Spiti with Tibetan-style houses made of stone and bricks. You can also visit the Kibber Wildlife Sanctuary which is home to animals like red fox, Tibetan wolf, Himalayan chough, snow pigeon and Himalayan finches.

    Langza: Another popular attraction in Spiti is Langza Village which is surrounded by snow-capped Himalayan mountains. Apart from its scenic beauty, this village is also famous for its huge Buddha statue. It is around a 1000-year-old statue with a height of 35 ft, facing towards the Himalayan mountains.
  2. What are the best places to visit in Spiti Valley in December with friends?

    Some of the best places to visit in Spiti Valley in December with friends are :

    Chandratal Lake: Situated at an altitude of 4,250 metres, Chandratal Lake is also known as the ‘Lake of the Moon’ due to its crescent shape. Enjoy a moderate-level trek through the challenging terrains and glaciers to reach the lake. However, once you reach there, its mesmerising beauty and scenic views will make all the effort worth it.

    Suraj Tal Lake: Located at a height of 4,950 metres, Suraj Tal Lake is renowned for its crystal-clear waters and untouched natural beauty. It is a must-visit location for all nature enthusiasts, photographers and adventure seekers. 

    Pin Valley National Park: Spread over an area of 675 sq. km, Pin Valley National Park is the only national park in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The park was particularly established for the protection of the endangered snow leopard but is also currently home to more than 20 species of birds. 

    Key Monastery: One of the best tourist places in Spiti Valley in December is the Key Monastery. Located at a height of 4,166 metres, it is one of the must-visit monasteries where you will get to learn about the Buddhist culture as well as admire breathtaking views.

  3. Is December a good time to visit Spiti Valley?

    Yes, December is one of the most ideal times to plan your trip to Spiti Valley. The month of December offers a winter wonderland during which the entire landscape of Spiti gets covered with a thick blanket of snow. Snow makes it a little challenging, but can still explore major attractions such as Key Monastery, Baralacha La Pass, Pin Valley National Park and Chandratal Lake. Moreover, it is the best time for adventure activities like snowboarding, skiing, ice skating and sledging.
  4. How to reach Spiti Valley?

    By Air : The nearest airport to Spiti is Bhuntar Airport in Kullu. If you are unable to book a direct flight to Bhuntar since it is a domestic airport, you will easily get a direct flight to Chandigarh airport. Once you reach Chandigarh airport, you can take a taxi to reach Spiti which takes approximately 10 hours to cover 453 km. If you reach Bhuntar airport, you will also get a direct taxi to Spiti which will take around 6 hours to cover 227 km.

    By Train:
    Joginder Nagar Station is the nearest railway station, located at a distance of 338 km from Spiti Valley. Once you reach the station, you can take a taxi that will drop you to Spiti in approximately 9 hours. 

    By Road:
    Another popular choice of the travellers is a road journey to Spiti Valley. You can either take a taxi or drive yourself from nearby cities like Manali, Delhi, Chandigarh, Punjab and Uttarakhand. You can start your road journey from Manali which takes approximately 5 hours to reach Spiti Valley, crossing Keylong and Rohtang Pass. From Delhi it takes around 15 hours to reach Spiti, crossing Rampur, Narkanda and Reckong Peo.

  5. Is there snow in Spiti Valley in December?

    Yes, there is heavy snowfall in Spiti Valley in December. The entire landscape gets covered with a thick layer of snow, due to which some of the roads get blocked. You will also get to experience chilly winds and freezing temperatures of -13 to -27 degrees Celsius.
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